Top 10 Most Charming Seaside Towns in the USA


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Top 10 Most Charming Seaside Towns in the USA

As previously we made a list of the places to visit in different states of the USA that mostly consisted of major cities, this time, we decided to make a list of most charming seaside towns in the USA that you will love to visit. So either you are looking for a beautiful village situated on a harbor or interested in the resort at the beach, this list will put you in wonder.

Seaside Towns in the USA

Discover the unique beauty of these smaller seaside towns across America you will remember all your life.

Carmel By-the-Sea, California

Carmel By-the-Sea, California

Located on California’s Central Coast, Carmel Beach is one of the most striking vicinities in the United States. Walk along the Scenic Bluff Path for scenes of the mountainous coastline and silky white sands of Carmel Beach beneath. It’s also a sizzling point for surfers, and the scenes are even more magnificent from the sea stretching from Pebble Beach to the north and Point Lobos in the south.

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey - Seaside Towns in the USA

This charming village on the Jersey Shore is America’s oldest seaside resort. Cape May is also classified as a National Historic District with more than 600 well-preserved and picturesque Victorian structures. Spend days on one of the best beaches in the country, window-shop the boutiques at Washington Square Mall, or sample local wines at Willow Creek Farm & Winery.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Forget about the bustling beaches of Fort Myers and travel south to Sanibel and her sibling island, Captiva. These low-key barrier islands are known for their natural beaches, an excess of shells and dedication to preserving the original beauty and wildlife of the islands. Take a dolphin or sunset cruise or explore the more than 6,400 acres at the J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Stonington, Maine

Stonington, Maine - Seaside Towns in the USA

Stonington is located at the top of the Deer Isle on Penobscot Bay. It’s south of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and 86 miles north of Portland. The little coastal fishing village is famous for its large lobster fleet of more than 300 boats, the largest in the state. It’s not a big tourist destination, and it’s off the hidden path, but that adds to the Downeast appeal.

Cape Charles, Virginia

Cape Charles, Virginia

Located on the southern edge of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, the historic town of Cape Charles was one of the first areas colonized in North America. Cape Charles Town Beach runs along Bay Avenue, and it’s the only public beach that doesn’t have an entrance fee on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this well-known seaside area is famously recognized for the Wrights Brothers’ first flight on Kill Devil Hills. As one of the earliest inhabitants in the Outer Banks, the original village has preserved much of its grace and today remains a laid-back holiday destination.

Seabrook, Washington

Seabrook, Washington - Seaside Towns in the USA

Located on central Washington’s Pacific Coast, Seabrook is an oceanfront master-planned neighborhood. The New England-style apartments and cottages lying above Moclips Beach make for an unspoiled setting. Walk down Market Street with its regional boutiques, wine shop, ice cream parlor, and eateries for a slice of Americana. Next, spend time loafing by the firepit at Horseshoe Park. 

Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina

Located on the east coast of South Carolina, Beaufort is a small town with a strong history twisted in the Old South’s past. Wander down the streets lined with antebellum and Civil War homes and majestic oak trees dressed in moss. Next, take a walk along the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park or window shop along Bay and Carteret streets. History buffs will enjoy the Beaufort History Museum.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is located 90 miles northwest of Portland on the Oregon coast. The scenes along this stretch of coastline are marvelous with Haystack Rock rising 235 feet above the sandy beach as the most recognizable landmark. Stay in one of the upscale oceanfront resorts, then roam to the village with its provocative art scene, Cannon Beach Distillery, and chef-owned restaurants serving regionally produced ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

St. Michaels, Maryland

St. Michaels, Maryland

St. Michaels is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. The small town is famous for maritime history, and one of the highlights of a vacation is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This extraordinary collection of artifacts and vessels includes the Hooper Bay Lighthouse and a moving shipyard. Walk along charming Talbot Street with its Colonial-era structures and picturesque storefronts.

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